It was only a matter of time before this shoe appeared inline.
The Nike Sportswear resurrection of the Air Flow (and, as remakes go, the Lunar Flow is better than most too) was last summer's retro highlight. The shoe that nobody seemed to care about, bar some geniuses frequenting forums, proved that it was way ahead of its time on release in 1989 by coming back 22 years later and inciting queues. Queues for a forgotten masterpiece from the Nike vaults. The Selfridges editions in black and olive (the latter was a shoe so good that a thieving subcontractor stole a pair from the Crooked office one weekend) caused some Saturday morning panic and the TZ drop of the two original colours came and went in a single day. Nike played this one well. Whereas a previously sought-after cult oddity like the Safari came back in such spectacular quantities that it ended up gathering dust in 2003, the amount of Flows and scarce supply seemed well judged. But whereas the Safari can struggle when it's shorn of its original palette, the Air Flow is as versatile as the Huarache in terms of colourways — these two makeups that are set for a release next month (but possibly earlier) are crowd pleasers that build on the foundations set by 2011's rollout.
Anthracite and Black is a marginally lighter clone of the Selfridges exclusive that might mend some broken hearts from that fateful few hours and the Blue and Voltage Cherry combo was last seen on a well-judged Lunar Flow last year, but with its throwback look (evoking some old Icarus and many more Nike favourites), it could be closure for those who missed the OG makeups, operating with a similarly lurid aesthetic. We know we're seeing the swoosh-free sibling of the Flow, the Air Current this summer (and that too was homaged by the Lunar Flow with the Black and Voltage Cherry variation), but we really want to see the Black and White pair that Aerosmith's Steven Tyler rocked briefly back in the day on the shelves at some point too, but hopefully this isn't the end of the Nike Air Flow story. Both colourways are available to pre-order in the Crooked Tongues store — we knew they might be popular, but we weren't expecting them to be as popular as they've proven over the last few days.